surd

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • adj. In mathematics, not capable of being expressed in rational numbers.
  • adj. In phonetics, uttered with breath and not with voice; devoid of vocality; not sonant: toneless: specifically applied to the breathed or non-vocal consonants of the alphabet.
  • adj. Meaningless; senseless.
  • v. To render dim or soft; mute.

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This word comes from the Latin ‘surdus,’ speechless.

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